Thank you for the comments guys. Here is part II of the inaugural flight of SQ 35.
The next leg of AMS-SIN is scheduled to depart at 1210. So my mom and I roamed around the terminal for about 30 minutes to buy some last minute gifts. We returned back to gate G8 at about 1140 and the gate was packed already. After taking a few snapshots of the SVB, I went in inside the gate and the boarding process began. Raffles Class passengers were to board first and the cabin became filled with passengers joining from Amsterdam.
Usual SQ pre-departure service began, welcome drinks, newspapers, and magazines, after take-off drink orders. At 1215 the captain announced that they were still working with the loading of the cargos so a delay can be
expected. They expected pushback at 1300 and with 12 hours and 40 minutes of flight time we should be a little late arriving in Singapore. 1300 came but we haven't pushed back yet, I was just glad that I wouldn't have to connect to SQ 152 this time otherwise I would definitely miss it.
We finally pushed back at 1310 and after a short taxi we lined up with the runway at 1325. The take-off roll again lasted around 40-45 seconds. After airborne the aircraft banked to the left and our direction was toward
Munich. After passing Munich, we crossed Austria and the city of Graz before crossing several Eastern European countries and coming close near Belgrade.
In the mean time the lunch service started. We were served satay with our drink orders. I ordered Ice Mocha this time. The lunch followed with a bland chicken soup and I skipped the scallop salad. The main course was a choice of Monk Fish, Indonesian Prawns, and Duck. I chose the duck which is so-so. The dessert was a Haagen-dasz vanilla ice cream with stawberry glazed.
After lunch finished, the fun began. As a part of the new Wisemen features, you can now compete against other passengers in a game of chess, mahjong, or
"millionnaire" trivia. Passengers who won in each round of each game will be given special prizes. I chose to enter the millionnaire trivia game and sadly didn't win anything, however I came close once and ranked 2 and I
managed to put my name on the all-time top 10 list.
After playing about 5 rounds, I decided to sleep. I checked the map and it showed we were just about to cross Istanbul. I slept soundly for about 3 hours and feeling hungry afterwards so I decided to have some snack. Too bad, they were out of instant noodles so I had to settle for mushroom soup and a tuna and egg sandwich. I decided to movie browse, played a couple of nintendo gateway games, and practiced my skills in the trivia game.
I slept again and woke up just in time for breakfast. Breakfast consisted of fruit juices, fresh fruits, corn flakes or fruit yoghurt, and a main course. The main course was a choice of grilled turkey, lor mai kai (lotus leaf rice), and the usual omelette. I chose the rice which was really wrapped in a lotus leaf. Everytime I had this dish it was always on Economy and they didn't wrap it in the lotus leaf
After breakfast, they had two rounds of trivia quizzes and yet again I failed to win the prizes. Wondered what the prizes were. We commenced descend in the Malay Peninsula just after Kuala Lumpur and the captain expressed sorry for the delay. He assured that all connecting passengers had been rebooked on other flights. Meanwhile the overhead screens showed connecting information, about 5-7 flights were missed due to our late arrival.
We touchdowned at 0758 on 20L after about 12 hours 35 minutes of flight time from Amsterdam and almost 24 hours after the flight started in Chicago. Needless to say I was delighted to disembark from the aircraft. At the end of the jetway, CSRs were directing transfer passengers, meanwhile my mom and I headed to the immigration. It was a really great flight. My first to be on an inaugural flight. Hopefully the return flight on Aug 31 will be just as great.